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Delmarva Life: Jumbo Garlic Shrimp with the Longboard Cafe

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Margaritas and other perfect things at the Longboard Cafe

Usually I go on my Happy Hour Adventures on a whim. I don’t scout these places out but rather pop in with my camera and ask if I can hang out and take some photos. The Longboard Cafe was the first place I made a conscious decision to visit. I’d been there the day before for lunch and the midday experience was such that I really wanted to get a gander at Happy Hour.

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SNAPSHOT: LONGBOARD CAFÉ – Visitor’s Guide – May 2016

If you’re thinking that Longboard Café is a casual, surf-themed restaurant, you are right! But it’s also more. Longboard takes casual dining to a new level. The idea is fine dining meets California casual. That means that one side of the table could be enjoying burgers and fish tacos while the other is eating an upscale meal of Saffron Risotto. And during the busy summer days, Longboard is bursting with patrons who thinks this formula is perfect!

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Flavors – Coastal Style – March 2016

Coming off their best summer ever, there’s no need to tinker with the winning formula at Longboard Café in Ocean City. This will be the fourth year of business for owner/operator Rick Vach at his 67th Street restaurant. It’s a laid-back operation with a Southern California vibe. “We had a really good season last year,” he said. “We’re just hoping to repeat that.” They’re open five days a week through the off-season. Moving into the summer, they’ll make minor menu changes but keep the best-selling dishes (including Rick’s must-try fish tacos) and expand their Sunday brunch menu.

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Filling Up On Off-Season Specials At Longboard Cafe in OCMD – Shorebread – Nov. 2015

“We have fun with our guests and we have fun with our food” is the kind of sentiment we enjoy hearing when interviewing local restaurant owners. Of course, we are fully aware of the serious nature of restaurant life and running a small, local business, but we also know that when chefs have creative freedom and when a staff is enthused, the result is a convivial atmosphere, welcoming vibes, and inspired menu offerings. Such is the case when dining at Longboard Café in Ocean City, which boasts a unique and playful menu, a relaxed, casual atmosphere, and plenty of off-season specials to warm your soul straight through the holiday season.

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Longboard Café – Coconut Times – Sept. 2015

My Mother and I recently had the most scrumptious dinner and delightful evening at Longboard Café. Have you given this fairly new venue a try? We highly recommend it and please read why! Longboard Café is located in the 67th Street Town Center on the bay side of Coastal Highway. Owner Rick Vach has chosen a surfer themed decor for his restaurant that has an upper level (perfect for private parties), a fully stocked bar with excellent bartenders, and both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Waves of Influence – Coastal Style Magazine – Oct. 2015

Following a great run at Sunset Island with Island Time, Rick Vach and his Longboard Café are sitting prettier than ever year-round in Ocean City – and he and his staff are poised to make the hotspot a resort-dining staple.

Rich Vach Longboard Café around 8 a.m., when he and his crew are making everything from scratch: sauses. salad dressings, seeing to daily deliveries of fresh fish. “Nothing’s out of the box; nothing’s our of a jar,” he says with pride.

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SoCal Cool comes to OCMD – OceanCity.com – May 2014

It was always surprising to me that an Ocean/Beach community like Ocean City did not have more Southern California surfer style bars and restaurants; well the long wait is over. The Longboard Café combines a laid-back surfer esthetic with some quality cuisine and comes up with a winner of an eatery. The restaurant is small but comfortable with a Tiki style bar which seats about eight, and a dining room of a combination of high top tables in front of the bar and low tables in the dining room. The entire inside seating is about 60 with a newly constructed outdoor deck that can almost double that number. The restaurant also has a balcony over the bar that can be used for more private dining or small private parties. The décor is surfer/beach casual with wide screen televisions for sports and surfing movies. The servers are young and friendly with an open “how can we please you” attitude. The only unfortunate thing is that the Longboard Café is not on the water and a little off the main drag.

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Best Bites June 2014 – Coconut Times – June 2014

Located in the newly constructed 67th Street Town Center, the Longboard Café is a delightful combination of surfer vibe and fresh ingredients. Visitors staying within walking distance of the restaurant are highly likely to eat at the Longboard Café several times during their stay. This week, we visited the two-level bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, and were very impressed by the surf music, delicious recipes, and knowledgeable staff.
Everything at the café is new, from the outdoor wooden deck to the tables, chairs, and décor. As another lovely sunset was descending on the bayside skyline, we approached the outdoor hostess stand, where beautiful Martha immediately greeted us with a warm, welcoming smile. We selected a comfortable outdoor table beneath a huge umbrella to enjoy our dinner.
We perused the full-service bar menu for specialty cocktails, and were pleased to find several local brews on tap. Burley Oak, Flying Dog, Evolution, De Lazy Lizard, and Finn City Brewing Company products are available by the pint or pitcher. My fiancé, Joey Steward, ordered the Draft of the Week—Dogfish Head 61 minute IPA (you read that correctly, sixty-one minute). Longboard Café also serves an impressive list of wines, such as La Crema Chardonnay and Molly Dooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, as well as Margaritas, Crushes, Mojitos, and Martinis.

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Vach’s Longboard Café Looks To Expand Off ‘Outstanding’ Summer – The Dispatch – Sept. 2013

OCEAN CITY – A long-time Ocean City local has found a place to shine as the Longboard Café has taken off in the new Town Center development with its Southern California influenced menu gaining popularity.
Longboard Café located in the Town Center on 67th Street, is owned by a familiar face in the Ocean City area, Rick Vach, who has lived in Ocean City since 1966 and has surfed since he was 8 years old. He grew up in the Ocean City restaurant business while his parents owned and operated Wild Goose Chase and the Quarterdeck.
Vach officially entered the local food industry on his own when he opened a gourmet food store, Avalon Market, on Route 50 in West Ocean City that operated from 2005-2007, and in 2007 he opened the Island Time Café in Sunset Island in Ocean City.
Vach has been contemplating opening a second year-round restaurant while the Island Time Café was a seasonal operation. He also looked to offer his creative menu to Ocean City as a whole since Island Time Café was based within the private community of Sunset Island.
When the Town Center was announced, he couldn’t help but jump on the opportunity and moved the restaurant all together along with its popular menu to the new shopping center, calling it the Longboard Café.

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The Reviews Are In

Every time we are in town, we eat at Longboard at least once.
Every time we are in town, we eat at Longboard at least once. It is rare to find a restaurant that can cater to everyone so well. The vibe is laid back but orderly. The quality of the meals and service is really second-to-none in OC. We brought our two sons and ate at a high top, and everyone was happy with their meal. The banana stuffed French toast is flawless. This is definitely a place to try something new, because as a diner, you know it will be done well. I had the Huevos Rancheros with black beans, and it was perfectly portioned and balanced. The bar here is also excellent. When I want a top-notch drink, I come here. See you next time, Longboard!
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